Amsterdam Sefa

Covid-19 Information

Last update: 17/07/2020


Following the latest Dutch governmental guidelines on the coronavirus, we have updated our guidelines accordingly to ensure the safety of our members. These developments have also forced us to reevaluate the events that are planned in the near future and the way we work together as a team when organizing them.

Start of the academic year

Sefa will be present during the online Intro-Days and Intreeweek. Besides, offline events will be organized, for freshman, bachelor and master students. These events are adjusted, to adhere to the RIVM guidelines. For this reason, some events will be different than past years. However, this enables Sefa to keep organizing events during these challenging times.

We are closely monitoring the situation and are in close contact with the UvA to look at the opportunities for events in the future, whether this might be online or offline.

In case there are changes in our guidelines and policy, we will inform you as soon as possible. We would like to stress that your health is our highest priority when we decide to host or cancel an event.

Sefa Store

Until further notice the Sefa store will be closed. We direct you to our online Study store for any study material that you might be in need of. Sefa is working together with their store partners to make sure every student is able to buy and receive their study materials!

Study Buddies

The quarantine can be lonely sometimes, especially if you are far away from home. During normal times you encounter lots of new people every day, but the current restrictions make this hard. Therefore, we have come up with a way to meet your fellow students and possibly make new friends! Want to participate? Check out our study buddy page.

General information

Temporary rental contracts
An emergency law made it possible to extend temporary lease contracts for one time only by three months. Contact your landlord for more information. For those who want to cancel their temporary lease contracts. Be informed, that this is almost always possible with a notice period equal to the payment term.

After consultation between the LSVb, the Intercity Studentmeetings (ISO) and the National Government, it has been decided to extend the student travel product, for all students who were registered for this in March 2020, by a minimum of three months starting as soon as your student travel product has expired. In the future, it will be examined whether these three months are sufficient.

Committee meetings

To contain the spread of the virus only 20% of the UvA staff is allowed on campus. Sefa board members are allowed, however limited to two persons permitted per room. Besides the board members no other Sefa member is allowed, meaning that committee meetings are canceled on campus. Any work that you might still need to do for your committee needs to be done from home. Committee meetings should be done digitally by conference software. We provide the option to use Google Hangouts Meet. A manual to set up such a meeting can be found here: Google Hangouts Meet Manual.

As a reminder:
Please stay home in case of:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • If you feel you have been exposed to the virus

And keep in mind to:

  • Maintain at least 1,5 meter (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the RIVM regarding personal hygiene

Please read the communications updates carefully. In case you have any remaining questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at